How to Cut Up a Very Large Squash

October 26, 2009

Winter squash are the armadillos of the plant world. They’re hard, funny looking, and very difficult to cut in to.

If winter squash weren’t so delicious, I wouldn’t give much thought to cutting them open. But they are, and I have. So today, dear readers, I will share what I know with you.

First of all, it helps to have a big, sharp knife. I’ve cut up a squash with a paring knife – in fact, I’ve done it more than once – but I wouldn’t recommend it. They always get stuck in the squash, and then you can’t get them out, and you can’t cut, and it’s very frustrating.

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How to Shop For Produce

February 13, 2009

1. Do not buy in bulk.

Your produce will rot before you eat it. Rotten produce is unappetizing. It is also useless. Remember, you will go to the grocery store again! Probably soon! You will have another chance to buy mangoes or starfruit or mustard greens. Just take what you need for this week. You can always come back for more.

2. Do impulse buy.

You’re more likely to eat what appeals to you, so go ahead and buy the pomegranite or the Asian pear, even if it costs a little more. Buying fruits and vegetables that you like is the surest way to increase the amount of produce you actually eat. Remember, food is only useful if you eat it. You cannot possibly get your vitamins from the unappealing bulk produce rotting languishing in your crisper drawer.